Maybourne Hotel Group
In 2004, Irish businessman Derek Quinlan formed takeover vehicle Coroin Ltd, majority owned by his own company Quinlan Private, to take over the then Savoy Group of hotels and London properties. Other shareholders included Irish property entrepreneur Patrick McKillen, who took a 36% stake. After selling The Savoy, the company was renamed on January 24, 2005 as the Maybourne Hotel Group.
After Quinlan fell into financial difficulties during the Financial crisis of 2007–2008, the group sought additional investors to offset its outstanding £660M debt. The Barclay brothers who also own the Ritz Hotel, took a minority stake in 2011. By this time, the Irish National Asset Management Agency had taken control of the outstanding bank debt, and later agreed sale to the Barclay brothers. This resulted in a London High Court case between the Barclays and McKillen to resolve control of the £1Bn asset group. In August 2012 the High Court found in favour of the Barclays, a ruling confirmed in the Court of Appeal in July 2013. However, by March 2014 McKillen was still seeking control of the company via his own and Quinlan's shareholdings in Coroin.
On 22 December 2012 Maybourne Hotel Group announced that it had completed its planned refinancing with a loan of £547 million in five year debt facilities arranged by Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies (BREDS). The loan was underwritten by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML), the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Wells Fargo Bank (Wells) and BREDS. This followed a rights issue of £145 million concluded earlier the same week with its existing shareholders. The Group stated that this would enable it to repay its current £660 million loan and continue to invest in its hotels.
In May 2015 the Middle Eastern group Qatar's Constellation Hotels gained a 64% stake in the company.
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